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Senate Panel Explores How to Head off Teacher Shortage

Providing Higher Pay, Better Preparation, Improved Working Conditions, Loan Forgiveness, and Good Principals and Listening to Teachers are Keys to Beating Teacher Shortage

Prof. Darling-Hammond, both a highly regarded education expert and chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, warned committee members that the state is heading for “déjà vu all over again,” another teacher shortage.

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CTA Vice President, San Diego Elementary Teacher Stress the Importance of Mentoring, Continuity, Teachers’ Voices

(From right) CTA Vice President Theresa Montano, a higher education professor, discusses the teacher shortage with Jill Tucker, education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, following their participation on a panel focused on teacher preparation and induction. The CTA vice president stressed during her presentation the importance of good working conditions and adequate salaries to helping head off a looming teacher shortage.

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Darling-Hammond, Education Scholar, Slams Vergara, Praises Gov. Brown, Supt. Torlakson

One of the pre-eminent voices in the international education community, Linda Darling-Hammond, in a powerful op-ed in Wednesday’s San Francisco Chronicle titled "Supporting teachers is the way to improve schools" hits the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit that would undermine key protections for teachers that enable them to advocate for their students.

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Supt. Torlakson Commends Task Force on Excellence Report - More Resources Needed

At a Monday morning news  conference near the state Capitol, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson  congratulated members of his Educator Excellence Task Force Report for the completion and release of “Greatness by Design.”
 
CTA President Dean Vogel notes that the report makes it clear to teachers that “your experience counts and your assessment of what's necessary counts. Citing the report’s self-description as a “living document” subject to revision, the CTA leader said that “to the degree we can make the necessary adjustments to this, we win and if we win our students win.”
The superintendent praised  the task force members, including CTA President Dean Vogel, for their collaboration and hard work on a plan to improve the recruitment, training, and retention of teachers. The state schools chief, who is backing the governor’s revenue measure on the November ballot, commended  educators for moving ahead on the path toward excellence and conceded that the progress would be faster if schools had more resources.

He noted that no one cares more about improving teaching and learning than teachers themselves. The committee was chaired by Stanford Professor Linda Darling-Hammond and Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser.

Learn more about the report at Greatness by Design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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